INDIANS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Report: Jose Bautista nearing deal to return to Blue Jays

Jose Bautista appears to be on the verge of returning to Toronto. According to a report by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com on Sunday, the Blue Jays have emerged as the front-runner for the six-time All-Star slugger with the two sides said to be nearing a deal. Source: #BlueJays have emerged as the front-runner for Jose Bautista. He's nearing a deal with the club. #Toronto @mlb —...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Packed Lineup Could Again Help Santana Pack a Punch at the Plate

Last season, Carlos Santana finally put on the power display that Indians fans had been expecting since his Major League debut in 2010. As a catcher in the minor leagues, Santana had the kind of pop in his bat that most baseball pundits believed he would settle perfectly into the heart of an MLB batting order. While showing some power with the Indians, hitting 27 bombs in 2011 and...

The Cleveland Indians are capitalizing on their opportunity

This week, Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network ranked the Cleveland Indians atop his early 2017 MLB power rankings after the signing of slugger Edwin Encarnacion. On Saturday, he tweeted that the Indians may not be finished signing big named players this offseason. According to Rosenthal, the Indians are “staying in touch” with free agents, including Jose Bautista if his “price drops...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Merritt sends Cleveland fans thank you notes for wedding registry gifts

Rookie Ryan Merritt achieved hero status in Cleveland last fall after the Indians pitcher allowed just two singles in 4.1 innings during the ALCS to help get the Tribe to the World Series.So when it was discovered that the 24-year-old was engaged to be married, Cleveland fans came out in droves to purchase every available item on Merritt and his fianceé Sarah's wedding registry...
Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Indians staying in touch with free agents, including Jose Bautista

The Indians might not be done.While the signing of free-agent first baseman Edwin Encarnacion pushed the club beyond its expected payroll limit, team officials are staying in touch with a number of free agents, according to major-league sources.The list of potential targets includes relievers, corner infielders and corner outfielders, sources said; even Jose Bautista might not be...
Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Indians Add Delabar and Banwart on Minor League Deals with Spring Invites

The Cleveland Indians announced a pair of minor league additions on Friday night, as the club has come to terms with free agent pitchers Steve Delabar and Travis Banwart on minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to spring training next month. Delabar – Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images Delabar would appear to be one of the Indians’ reclamation project signings that...

Indians, 4 pitchers agree to 2017 contracts

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians got it right with four pitchers on Friday. Cleveland reached agreement on 2017 contracts with closer Cody Allen, starter Danny Salazar and relievers Bryan Shaw and Zach McAllister, four right-handers who were eligible for arbitration and are key members on one of baseball's deepest pitching staffs. Allen will make $7.35 million next season, a major...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Avoids Arbitration with Seven of Eight Eligible for 2017

It came down to the final day for many, but the Cleveland Indians have been able to avoid several uncomfortable arbitration hearings this winter as they announced deals with seven eligible players on contract figures for the coming 2017 season. Friday marked the deadline for teams to exchange contract figures. The deals eliminated seven of the eight players with whom the Indians...

Allen, Shaw, McAllister avoid arbitration with Tribe

Four key members of the Indians' bullpen were eligible for arbitration this offseason, but Cleveland did not let the pitchers get to a hearing. On Friday, the club saw to that by agreeing to a one-year contract with closer Cody Allen, setup man Bryan Shaw and right-hander Zach McAllister.
Via Indians.com
2 days ago

Indians Avoid Arbitration With Cody Allen

The Indians and closer Cody Allen have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.35MM, tweets Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Allen is a client of Meister Sports. Allen, 28, is coming off an outstanding year in which he pitched to a 2.51 ERA with 32 saves, 11.5 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 68 innings of work out of manager Terry Francona’s bullpen. He takes home a significant...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago

Indians, McAllister agree to $1.8 million contract for 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) Reliever Zach McAllister avoided salary arbitration by agreeing with the Cleveland Indians on a $1,825,000 contract for next season. The right-hander went 3-2 with a 3.44 ERA in 53 games last season for the AL champions, earning $1.3 million. McAllister has been a starter and reliever during his six seasons with Cleveland, which acquired him from the New York Yankees...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bauer, Indians agree to $3.55M deal, avoid arbitration

CLEVELAND (AP) Right-hander Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians avoided salary by agreeing Thursday to a $3.55 million, one-year contract, more than double the $1,697,500 he earned last year. Bauer, who turns 26 next week, was 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA in a career-high 190 innings last year and was 0-2 with a 5.27 ERA in four postseason starts and one relief appearance. He hurt...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Yu-Cheng Chang is our No. 9 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 10?

And he would've gotten away with it too if it weren't for that meddling Francisco Lindor. Last year, Yu-Cheng Chang was ranked #14 in the LGT prospect rankings, and despite having a solid 2016, has risen just slightly to the #9 spot for 2017. But if we're being honest, the reason that he is often overlooked in the Cleveland Indians' system is because of the presence of one man: Francisco...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Payroll-heavy Indians entering unfamiliar arbitration territory

The Indians have not signed any arbitration players yet, but that doesn’t mean deals aren’t coming. With the salary arbitration deadline looming mere days away, the Cleveland Indians still have not signed any of their eight eligible players. A few teams have already signed players, but many, including the Indians, will probably wait until the last minute to officially avoid...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Greg Allen is our No. 8 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 9?

Speed kills, and Allen has plenty to spare. Tired of the silver medal, Greg Allen finally brought home the gold yesterday. Allen had come in second in three straight polls before finally winning with 45 percent of the community vote. A sixth round pick in 2014, Allen is one of the rare MiLB players who has continued to improve every year despite being promoted through the system...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnacion has attendance bonuses in his new Indians contract

Professional sports contracts have all sorts of different bonuses, including for difference performance related items, being on the roster on a certain date, etc. But for new Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion, he has a bonus in his contract which isn’t necessarily new, but is quite unique in today’s sports world. Encarnacion’s three-year, $60 million contract has...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cleveland Indians Have Been Getting After it in the Gym This Off-Season

The Cleveland Indians came so close. Up 3 games to 1 over the Chicago Cubs in the 2016 World Series, the Tribe needed just one more win to bring home their first World Series championship since 1948. With a pitching staff decimated by injuries, a World Series trophy would be all the more impressive. Even when the series sat tied at 3 games apiece, even when the Cubs were up three...
Via Stack
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Napoli market has ‘intensified’

Free agent first baseman Mike Napoli might be inching closer to a destination. According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, Napoli has seen his market intensify since Edwin Encarnacion signed with Cleveland, though nothing is close yet. Mike Napoli's marketplace has intensified since the Encarnacion signing; #Rangers one of multiple teams involved, no deal imminent yet. @MLB — Jon...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnación Finds a Home in Cleveland

Cleveland would come within one game of winning the 2016 World Series. They would do so despite not having Danny Salazar or Carlos Carrasco starting their postseason games. Against the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs, that’s no small feat. Oh, and remember Michael Brantley? The outfielder would put up MVP-like numbers in 2014, and follow-up with a very similar...
Via The Sports Post
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Apparently Corey Kluber throws baseballs at coyotes to scare them away

Corey Kluber is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. Now he is bringing his talents to the hunting world and tracking down some coyotes with the same fastball that strikes out American League hitters. Yes, that is a real sentence. From someone close to situation: Corey Kluber recently got rid of coyote in backyard of new Mass. home w fastball to animal's ribs. #legend...
Via The Comeback
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Indians aggressively pursuing Edwin Encarnacion

At least one team is starting to get aggressive in their pursuit of Edwin Encarnacion. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cleveland Indians are “pulling out all the stops” to try to make signing Encarnacion financially viable. Encarnacion’s demands are still high, and Cleveland is in a tight spot financially, struggling to find common ground with both Encarnacion...
Via Larry Brown Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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